Lundqvist, Varlamov put on a show in Rangers shootout win

Last night we were treated to a goalie clinic. Henrik Lundqvist and Semyon Varlamov put on the duel of the season thus far. Through regulation, Varlamov had made 35 saves and Hank 28 saves, the majority of them quite difficult saves. The NHL loves its high scoring games, but give me fast paced with great saves any day.

This was another instance of the Rangers playing a playoff team hard, and getting better results than we had expected. The Blueshirts got a ton of scoring chances, and while it’s easy to say they lack finishers, most of the forwards from last year are here this year. It’s just a string of some bad puck luck and great goaltending that did them in this game. Ideally they are able to take this game and know they can generate offense. Now about that defense…

Some positives before getting into the goal breakdown:

  • How about that Lundqvist?
  • The Rangers finally woke up offensively, getting a ton of real good chances. You take that in a stretch where the offense was inconsistent.
  • Both Brady Skjei and Brett Howden looked very good, leading breakouts and creating chances.
  • I didn’t like it at first, but I like Jesper Fast with Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. He does the little things that creates open ice for them.
  • Neal Pionk naturally struggled against Nathan MacKinnon (who doesn’t?) but had an overall pretty solid game. He makes some great stretch passes.
  • I’m in the minority, but I love 3-on-3 OT. It doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s fun..
  • Henrik. Lundqvist.

On to the goals.

Rangers 1, Avs 0

This was a very good job by Kevin Shattenkirk to get the puck through on the powerplay. Say what you want about Shatty, he excels with getting pucks through to the net. With Chris Kreider in front for the deflection, Varlamov stood no chance.

Avs 1, Rangers 1

There isn’t really a breakdown defensively on this PK from the Rangers. The point man, Tyson Barrie, is left open, but he’s the least threatening player on the ice. He placed his shot well here, and it beat Hank through a sea of bodies.

Rangers 2, Avs 1

Another goal where I don’t see a real breakdown. If I’m the defense, I give Kevin Hayes that shot ten times out of ten. The issue here is that it’s a one-timer, so maybe getting a stick in the lane would have been better, and it’s across a wide distance of ice. Hayes absolutely blew it by Varlamov, top corner to boot.

We Don’t Deserve Hank


Avs 2, Rangers 2

This was a nifty deflection in front, but Nathan MacKinnon was left all alone there. It was Staal who left his position in front to help Brendan Smith out. Smith couldn’t cover both, and Staal was puck watching. At the end of the play, Staal winds up at the faceoff dot near no one. Not the best coverage.

They certainly earned this one, and it was nice to see consistent offense and making their goalie work. They still play a fast paced game, at least in terms of shot attempts taken/allowed, so it was only a matter of time before we saw a track meet. All in all, it’s nice to see the Rangers get a pair of points in an exciting game.

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38 thoughts on “Lundqvist, Varlamov put on a show in Rangers shootout win

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 6:32 am

    I got to see the “2 save” spectacular down at my end of the ice. Just wow!! I thought the first save was great, off a deflection, and then Henrik tops that with that 2nd save. Incredible. Guess he can still play…

    Avs dominated play early but the Rangers did a decent job on the D side, though the slot area was like the parting of the Red Sea at times. A couple of posts and great saves by Henrik kept them in the game (right Hank Haters?).

    Better defensively all around, though I guess we’ll see tonight against the Caps. Skjei getting better and better. And I’m sorry, but I love Pionk, lol. He’s a player IMO.

    Hayes and Zuc had their best game by far to date. They were engaged and had big impacts on the ice. Great to see.

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:11 am

      Skjei was a hot mess last night

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

        lol, in the first period, every time the Avs had the puck for long periods of time, I looked up at the scoreboard to see who was on the ice at the time, and I saw “18 and 42” on the board.

        I counted no less than 3 times where Skjei was able to recover and make a good defending play. He’s getting better.

        • Oct 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

          Staal..IMO..was absolutely brutal last night…Feel for the guy, but wow…..

          • Oct 17, 2018 at 6:34 pm

            Athletes, they stay too long bro.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

        Might be time to include him in a deal with Winnipeg for Trouba….Its funny because Joe M said Skjei was great last night

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      We need Zucs and Hayes to improve on a nightly basis…These two players will be hot commodities come trading deadline.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        No question bro.

        Gee, this is like the good ole posting days, huh?

    • Oct 18, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      After last night’s game one thing became very apparent, the Rangers, as a team, are trying to make very low percentage passes and clearing attempts. It was worse when we were defending against the power play- our clearing attempts, at times. looked like passes- they consistently went directly to the Cap players. The point, the high slot, where ever the attempt seemed to end up on a Cap stick in our zone. Is it me or was it particularly bad last night? We also seemed to have that problem on the offense and neutral zones as well. If it was not for these unforced turnovers I think we may have won this game in regulation.

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 7:51 am

    im liking this team, HENRIK!

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Nice game all around. Hank has been quite good from the outset this season. Good to see that perhaps the old boy has some games left 🙂

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 8:19 am

    looks like the players got the memo of shooting. now, are they great at it? no. but its a start.

    I have a big problem with seeing fast on the pp in OT. its a rebuilding year get your young skilled guys on it. oh, because he’s a righty….? (another reason they shoulda took wahlstrom

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Who was wearing Kevin Hayes’ jersey last night? Nice one-timer.

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

      He’s scored on those enough times. He’s done it on Holtby a couple of times and Price. He has a cannon when he wants to use it. His shorthanded surge was based slappers from that far out.

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Another good performance by the team collectively, and great game by Hank individually.

    These games are fun, speed, skill, but we need some more finishers. The Av’s are good, by unlucky, with both Landeskog, and MacKinnon hitting the posts late in the third. I’ll take the 2 points, and win, they are tough to come by with this team!!!!!!!

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Agree on the finishers, Walt. Jimmy Vesey should’ve had another gimme last night but somehow couldn’t score in close on Varlamov.

      Posts aren’t unlucky, though—they are missed shot attempts. Hank has stolen wins in 2 of 5 starts this year, seems like this year he’s once again NYR’s best player.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 9:05 am

        It’s almost sad at this point on how Vesey cant finish

        • Oct 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

          Reminds me of Dubinsky’s Ranger tenure in some ways. Vesey is smart enough to anticipate plays around the goal, and tough enough to go down low against the defense—but he can’t put the puck in. Throughout his career his goal numbers have been misleading—I think he’s had 6 2-goal games in his career, which account for 12 of his 35 career tallies. He doesn’t score consistently throughout the year for the Rangers, also similar to Dubinsky.

          • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

            Fair analysis….I wish we kept Duby thru our run tho lol

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Mackinnon is a beast.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

        Big time

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Henrik was great last night but after the second goal he threw a fit and shook his head at Smith….Henrik has to stop doing that before he gets beat up in the locker room

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 10:30 am

      Township you will say anything to take away from what is very obvious. Hank has been the best Ranger on the ice in every game they’ve played so far. If you think that goalies don’t endlessly talk to their d after goals are scored you don’t watch much hockey…

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:04 am

        Yes he has been great…but you dont show your teammates up on the ice on camera….He has been doing it for years. You cannot deny it

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Good old Cranky Hanky!!!! Agree as team feeds off a goalie’s reaction/body language. My son’s coach (ex NHLer) quickly reminded him of that a couple weeks back.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:14 am

        Cranky Hanky has earned a butt whipping in the locker room

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Henrik was awesome. Kreider who should be captain was great and so was Mika. Imagine a third person good on that line? No there was a utility player there. Utility players should be on the 4th line. Good job Tanner Fasth!

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:02 am

      Agree – Fast is a great “swiss army knife” type but does not belong on the top line or PP. Made it obvious yesterday. Pionk struggled physically against the several strong and fast forwards on the Aves; his lack of strength seems to be an issue although the small dmen seem to be in vogue these days.

      The Rangers may not win that many this year but for the most part the games are likely to be entertaining based on effort, assuming the King can continue to play like this – only beaten by deflections and the one shootout goal.

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:05 am

      I can’t believe we are on to another Coach and that Coach rewards a 4th liner with the top line

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:47 am

        To me, you need a sniper on the 1st line. The closest we have is Spooner or Lettieri, who both think about shooting first. I would try one of them on the first line over Fast.

        • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:52 am


    • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:47 am

      The Zib line wasn’t any good. I get that’s how Dave’s analyst went but he’s pretty bias when it comes to certain players. Kreider was quiet as a mouse, happy to see him cash in on a deflection. It’s probably the very reason that our PP stinks right now. At his PPG rate, it’ll stay ranked in the high teens.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:53 am

        Can’t wait for the day Kreider is dealt

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Pionk with a amazing game, everything he does is alot better than Skjei. He makes the hard veteran plays to get the puck out of the zone, is game is almost to sound. Or else he’s taking a lick to make a tape to tape pass. That bomb pass was like a reincarnation of Dan Boyle and Yandle. I know management is watching the big difference in how Pionk skates vs Skjei.

    Hayes centering Chytil was a sight to see. I know that it’s killing alot of folks narrative of him being the next 1c. I think his game is almost perfect over on Hayes wing.

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      Come on Mint, Skjei was superior to Pionk last night in almost every way. 😉 Now if Quinn could just get ADA in the game.

      I’m not sure that’s the narrative for now, Chytil should be playing on the wing — especially if it means a few more minutes of ice time per game.

      • Oct 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

        Agree – Pionk is a good skater and makes good plays with the puck but struggles in own zone when getting pressured by a big forward bearing down on him. Skjei looks much better this year.

        Shattenkirk has to be one of the best dmen in the league with the puck and running the power play. I think he might get 50 points this year if he doesn’t have to sit from time to time. And on a team that doesn’t seem like its going to score very much that is huge.

  • Oct 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    My God, so much negativity even after a pretty complete game effort from this team. Not sure what’s needed to get some of this piss and vinegar off the boards for a day or two, maybe a 10-0 shellacking where the Rangers out shoot their opponent 50-5 … um, probably not.

    • Oct 17, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      In that case you will hear crickets!

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